Professional Development

Professional Development Calendar

Career Building Guide

The Career Building Guide is designed to help facilitate conversation among Extension Educators/Extension Specialists and their respective supervisor(s) that will lead to early and sustainable professional success. This Guide augments Activity Insight goals and serves as a planning discussion tool.

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Personal Development Opportunities

7 HabitsDuring Your First Year

Based on the principles in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People —the best-selling business book of all time —this three-day opportunity includes presentations, personal reflection, audience participation, case studies and exercises you can apply to your immediate and long-term needs. The foundation comes from brief video presentations by Stephen Covey, customized for Extension professionals. This workshop provides an opportunity to transform your way of thinking, acting, and producing.

5 ChoicesAfter Taking 7 Habits

Are you feeling buried alive? The barrage of information coming at us from multiple sources coupled with the demands of our careers, are overwhelming and distracting. The sheer volume of information threatens our ability to think clearly and make wise decisions about what's important.

Franklin Covey's The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity is a process that will dramatically increase your ability to achieve life's most important outcomes. Supported by science and years of experience, this solution not only produces a measurable increase in productivity, but also provides a renewed sense of engagement and accomplishment.

CoachingAfter Your First Year

Clarity, Focus, Action, our signature professional development workshop, teaches life coaching skills. It is designed to help you help others get clear on where they want to go, get focused on the various paths to get there, and then move them into action. The coaching skills derived from this workshop will be useful to you if you supervise others - and almost everyone in our system either directly supervises others or works with someone that needs a little nudge because they are 'stuck'.

Participants have used the learning from this workshop to defuse emotionally tense situations, improve office relationships, strengthen committee outputs, provide better guidance to graduate students, help employees move their career forward, improve relationships with volunteers, help new staff set long and short term goals, and empower employees to solve their own problems.

Working Virtually

Through the TECH2020 Milestone #7, Nebraska Extension is cultivating a fully engaged, high performing workforce through rapid, collaborative, informal, self-directed learning so Extension Professionals learn fast enough to keep up with the demands of their jobs and expand their expertise.

These resources can help you and your team:

  • Develop a learning and performance strategy
  • Articulate working smarter practices
  • establish and model "Issue Team" work practices
  • Support the Issue Team
  • Monitor activities
  • Develop an internal marketing plan
  • Evaluate progress

Professional Development Opportunitiesas Recommended by your Supervisor

Excellence Model for 21st Century Extension Professionals

The following links each present eight themes of Excellence in Extension along with success indicators as they apply to Extension Specialists, Educators, Assistants, and Support Staff. Click on your title and review this material before viewing the webinars and completing the worksheets.

Specialists Educators Assistants Support Staff

A series of 4 webinars discuss the Excellence in Extension Model as it applies to 21st Century Extension Professionals. View each webinar and complete the accompanying worksheet, then submit to your supervisor, Research & Extension Director or Department Head/Chair.

Webinars & Worksheets

eXtension Professional Development CoursesThis course is available as a Free Benefit for employees of eXtension member institutions.

Impact Statement Reporting Course

This online Impact Statement Reporting course presents the best practices of educators nationwide who have been training professionals on impact report writing for decades.

You will learn:

  • What impact statements are
  • How to write them
  • Where to market them
  • How they can help your organization

Team Building

The power of a team has been well documented and researched. A team has the ability to excel in excellence through collective genius. As we forge ahead in Extension to address complex issues, more that even before is the need to build effective teams. Continued change, infusion of trust, respect, cooperation and support is vitally important for teams.

Teamwork: Trusting, Leading, Communicating is a workshop rooted in the belief that individuals within the team are vital to the effectiveness of the team, and teams are critical to the success of the organization. The experiential activities in this workshop assist team members in the development and understanding of their distinctive identity and strengths.

Team LEAD21

This workshop is a result of Extension team leaders asking for help developing the skills needed to be effective. This two-day learning opportunity includes presentations, personal reflection, audience participation, case studies and exercises you can apply to your immediate and long-term needs as a team leader. Outcomes include:

  • Recognize leadership strengths that can be applied to teams
  • Recognize the essential attributes that team leaders should model and encourage within teams
  • An assessment of personal leadership skills
  • Understand current research based knowledge and best practices for leaders
  • Assess and communicate teams strengths and weaknesses
  • Create a team leader action plan for improving your performance


Joint NCEA/Nebraska Extension Fall ConferenceNovember 28-30, 2017
Kearney, NE

The Fall Conference is a joint event with the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association. The activities, meetings, and presentations offer professionals an opportunity to network and learn more about the profession.

Joint NCEA & Extension Fall Conference

Eureka! Conference

The Eureka! Conference is held each Spring as an opportunity to connect Nebraska Extension professionals. The 2016 Conference was held March 15 & 16 at the Nebraska Innovation Campus, Lincoln, NE.  The focus of the event was engagement in the modern land-grant university.

Eureka! Conference

District, Regional, National Events

A variety of opportunities are available for further education and networking with others involved in Extension. National organizations in extension and in professional organizations in related fields have events around the country.

Additional Conference Events

Front Door ForumOctober 6-7, 2016
Norfolk, NE

The Front Door Forum is held in October each year. 

Front Door Forum